U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Programmatic Agreement/Programmatic Consultation
NEBRASKA Federal-aid Highway Program
Endangered Species Act & Nebraska Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act
- Partners: Federal Highway Administration, Nebraska Department of Roads, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
- 2 products in one: an up-front, state-wide, program consultation for state and federally listed species for all federal-aid transportation projects in Nebraska -and- a standardized tool for completing project specific biological evaluations and documentation.
- Expected outcomes/benefits:
- Standardized approach to making effect determinations for all federal-aid transportation projects in Nebraska
- Standard documentation
- Predictable patterns and timeframes for species compliance work
- Documented and defensible program approach
- Significant decrease in US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) staff time spent reviewing consultation materials
- Allows resource agencies to focus efforts on larger projects and on projects with more complex species concerns
- At a minimum, will save 5 weeks in all project specific delivery schedules.
- Have been piloting the tools and methodology since July 2009, as the program agreements and assessments were fine-tuned. Over 300 projects have been assessed with the tools as part of the pilot. This effort has already significantly benefitted program delivery in Nebraska.
- The Programmatic Agreement was signed in January 2012.
- For more information, contact: